101 Unhealthiest Fast Foods on the Planet
While there are plenty of healthy fast-food options on the menus of fast-food staples, it's fairly easy to end up falling for one of the not-so-good options. If you're not paying close attention to the nutrition facts and order based on name alone, sometimes opting for the most wholesome-sounding sandwich can result in you eating a nutritional nightmare.
To help you make the right decision at the drive-thru, we've compiled the unhealthiest fast foods on the planet—so you know exactly which picks to avoid.
The most unhealthy fast food orders are either the highest-calorie, highest-fat, highest-sugar, or highest-sodium options on their joint's menu; and some meals even have all of these. Big yikes.
Here are the unhealthiest fast food options out there. And while you're making healthier choices, be sure to add The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now to your diet.
Burger King Triple Whopper with Cheese
The Whopper might be the classic BK burger, but getting this order that is made up of three quarter-pound patties is one to avoid. It's packed with 4.5 grams of artery-clogging trans fats and 32 grams of saturated fat, which is more than you should have in an entire day.
White Castle Hash Round Nibblers
You read that right—White Castle offers a literal sack of its battered and fried bite-sized hash browns. This is meant to be shared, but it's very easy to easily eat this whole order yourself. If you really want some potatoes, order the small size, which is 360 calories.
Chipotle Carnitas Burrito with White Rice, Black Beans, Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa, Queso, Sour Cream, Cheese, and Guac
This fully loaded burrito from Chipotle has a day's worth of salt and more than a day's worth of saturated fat. And the carb serving you get from this one meal is just outrageous.
Subway Chicken and Bacon Ranch
Sure, it's oozing with melted Monterey cheddar and topped with crispy bacon, but is this creamy footlong really worth its preposterous calorie count?
Taco Bell Nachos Bellgrande
Taco Bell is known for its customizable menu, so it's rather easy to order something that fits your dietary needs that isn't all that bad for you. These nachos though make for one risky dish that is high in calories and fat.
KFC Famous Bowl
The KFC bowl might bring together some of your favorite comfort, as it's a dish made up of mashed potatoes, corn, crispy chicken, gravy, and cheese, but it's simply just a meal bursting with sodium.
Arby's Roast Turkey Ranch & Bacon
Who would have thought that out of all the meats, fake cheese sauce, and fried foods, a humble turkey sandwich would end up the highest-calorie menu item at Arby's? It has nearly 200 more calories than the Buttermilk Fried Chicken Bacon & Swiss and four extra grams of fat.
Checkers Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
Chicken wings that are fried and also smothered creamy parmesan sauce make for a meal that is packed with more than a thousand calories and 27 grams of artery-clogging saturated fat. Plus the sodium count? No thanks!
McDonald's Double Quarter Pounder With Cheese
Consider this super-sized burger the Big Mac's wicked twin: It's got a half-pound of beef, two times the amount of special sauce and two slices of cheese sandwiched between a bun.
Domino's Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch Hand Tossed, 16-Inch
Even if you can stop yourself from reaching for another slice, one bacon-ranch triangle will cost you about half a day's worth of sodium and a half-gram of heart-health-harming trans fat, which the FDA considers to be not safe for consumption and has actually banned from being used in packaged foods.
Chick-fil-A Cobb Salad With Avocado Lime Ranch Dressing
This might seem like an innocent salad, but that's not the case! The main culprit is the ranch-spiked dressing.
Wendy's Big Bacon Triple
If you ever see a triple burger on a menu, just avoid it! Three times the amount of meat results in a burger that is not only high calories, but it's also high in fat, harmful trans fats, and sodium.
Sonic Asian Sweet Chili Boneless Wings
Catching up with old friends over drinks and wings shouldn't cost your waistline these absurd nutritionals. Even if you're splitting this sweet and savory order with a pal, you'll be ingesting over a thousand calories and as much sugar as you would get from five and a half Krispy Kreme Original Glazed donuts.
Dairy Queen Cheese Curds
If you're looking for something a bit salty to go along with that Dairy Queen sweet treat, you'll want to avoid these cheese curds, that's for sure! One large size is 1,000 calories—half of the total number of calories you should be consuming in an entire day.
Pizza Hut Meat Lover's Parge Original Pan Pizza
Pepperoni, beef, ham, bacon, mozzarella, and two types of sausage grace this meaty pie. Pizza Hut's meat-centric pick might be a carnivore's dream, but it'll be your health's nightmare if consumed on the reg.
Jack in the Box Bacon Ultimate Cheeseburger
If the double helping of meat wasn't bad enough in this burger, Jack adds garlic herb butter, Swiss cheese, and globs of bacon mayo to the signature bun.
Jimmy John's the J.J. Gargantuan
Piled high with salami, sliced smoked ham, capicola, roast beef, turkey, and provolone, Jimmy boasts that this sandwich is "huge enough to feed the hungriest of all humans!" We think that's still no excuse to down over a thousand calories in one sitting.
Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger With Lettuce, Tomato, Pickles, Ketchup, and Mayo
Instead of inhaling a thousand-calorie lunch, go with the lighter Little Hamburger with grilled mushrooms, and grilled onions and salvage your hard-earned flat tummy.
Bojangles' Chicken Rice Bowl and Biscuit with Cheese
Don't let the 13 grams of fiber and 54 grams of protein fool you: This jambalaya bowl is jam-packed with the same amount of saturated fat as over six large orders of McDonald's greasy fries.
Taco John's Potato Olés Scrambler With Regular Sausage
This morning meal is stuffed with healthful ingredients such as fluffy eggs, poblano peppers, onions, tomatoes, but is then tainted with two major sources of saturated fat: cheddar cheese and nacho cheese. And sodium!
In-N-Out 4×4 Burger
If you find yourself on the west coast, go for In-N-Out's Hollywood-approved protein-style burger, which features a freshly grilled patty sandwiched between lettuce leaves. And make sure you're going for a single patty and not four! This secret menu option is one you want to leave alone.
Five Guys Large Fries
It's no secret that Five Guys' fries are delicious, but indulging in a large order is more calories than a burger! Stick to a Little-sized order.
Cinnabon Caramel Pecanbon
If you're one of the victims of Cinnabon's crazy-good aroma, be sure to skip the cinnamon-infused, caramel- and pecan-topped bun when wafting in.
Einstein Bros. Chorizo Sunrise 2-Egg Signature
We love eggs for their high protein content and weight-loss-friendly nutrients, but even a genius would know that waking up to a nearly-thousand-calorie egg sandwich is a poor choice.
Shake Shack Double Smokeshack
The shack's double cheeseburger is topped with applewood smoked bacon, chopped cherry poppers, and the signature ShackSauce. rendering a nutritional nightmare that packs in nearly 900 calories.
Auntie Anne's Mini Pretzel Dogs
The smell of Auntie Anne's lures in just about everyone, but if you're wanting to snack on something, make sure it's not this order!
Jamba Juice Chunky Strawberry Bowl
This hearty smoothie bowl is brimming with ingredients we love such as bananas, Greek yogurt, and peanut butter. The downside? It also has 50 grams of sugar—the same amount present in over 10 Oreo cookies!
A&W Cheese Curds
These bites from A&W are made with real 100% Wisconsin cheddar cheese, but that doesn't change the fact that the cheese is breaded and golden-fried. An order of these curds has more than a day's worth of sodium. You're much safer choosing a small order of the regular fries.
Einstein Bros. Crispy Chicken and Tater 2-Egg Signature Sandwich
Start your day off with this sandwich and you'll for sure find yourself feeling sluggish once that 2 p.m. slump hits.
Smashburger Double Pulled Pork Tailgater
Smashburger's Double Pulled Porl Tailgater is made up of two patties that are covered in aged Swiss cheese, smoked pulled pork, caramelized onions, and spicy mustard, between pretzel buns. As you can imagine, it's a monster, clocking in at 1,300 calories and has as much sodium as you would get from 25 pretzel rods.
Burger King Bacon King Sandwich
When the sandwich's slogan is "There's no such thing as too much bacon," you know you're getting a wallop of heart-taxing saturated and trans fats.
McDonald's Big Breakfast With Hotcakes
Order this ginormous breakfast platter from McDonald's and you'll ingest nearly a day's worth of calories and sodium before lunchtime.
Taco Bell's Sausage Breakfast Crunchwrap
This early morning meal is the highest-calorie menu item on Taco bell's menu. Not a good start for your day.
Popeye's Spicy Chicken Sandwich
This sandwich has the most calories out of all the options on the Popeye's menu. If you want something fried, go with the Loaded Chicken Wrap which clocks in at 310 calories.
Dairy Queen Royal Rocky Road Trip Blizzard Treat
The Blizzard is a staple at Dairy Queen—but the scariest option is the Royal Rocky Road Trip. This ice cream treat is made up of brownie pieces, peanuts, and cocoa fudge that are blended with vanilla soft serve and filled with marshmallow. That makes for a Blizzard that has more sugar than 15 Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Donuts.
Whataburger Triple Meat Whataburger
The amount of calories, fat, trans fat, sodium—we can go on and on!—are simply just off the charts.
Raising Cane's Caniac Combo
What do you get when you combine six chicken fingers, crinkle-cut fries, two servings of Cane's sauce, Texas toast, and a side of coleslaw? Raising Cane's most-caloric menu item and some serious post-meal bloat.
Culver's Vanilla Concrete Mixer with Oreo
This sweet treat will simply put you over the edge! It packs more than 1,000 calories and over 100 grams of sugar in one menu option is just scary.
Little Caesars 3 Meat Treat DEEP! DEEP! Dish Pizza
Little Caesars is known for its hot-n-ready pies, but this three-meat treat is nothing to carry out. This deep dish pie features pepperoni, Italian sausage, and bacon that packs in an outrageous 174 grams of fat and more than 7,000 milligrams of sodium.
Moe's Southwest Grill The Homewrecker Burrito with Chicken
Moe's is known for offering free chips and salsa with every order; but If you're scarfing down a 1,484-calorie burrito, your best bet would be to skip the sides.
Hardee's Monster Double Thickburger
Hardee's dishes up a burger that's got about a day-and-a-half's worth of blood-pressure-raising salt, a whole day's worth of calories, and all that trans fat—just stay away.
Starbucks Java Chip Frappuccino
Craving a creamy milkshake for breakfast? Forgo this caloric frapp that contains as much sugar as nearly 19 Oreo cookies.
Bojangles' Cajun Filet Biscuit with Pimento Cheese
Sure, the cheese adds a peppery kick to its classic cajun filet biscuit, but overall, this sandwich has the most calories out of any others on the menu and it's loaded with fat and sodium.
Zaxby's Buffalo Chicken Finger Plate, 6-Piece
While the buffalo-sauce-slathered chicken fingers may be to blame for the majority of the calories in this dish, it's the insidious crinkle fries and coleslaw that accompany the protein that come in second and third place.
Taco John's Super Nachos
Nachos are commonly ordered as a side dish, except this mountain of tortilla chips smothered in nacho cheese, beef, refried beans, cheddar cheese, tomatoes, black olives, guacamole, and sour cream sounds more like a full-blown cheat meal.
Culver's Bacon Deluxe Triple
Culver's is serving up a true triple whammy with this burger. It's made up of the chain's signature ButterBurger patties that are topped with two strips of bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, sweet red onion, and mayo, all sandwiched between a lightly buttered, toasted bun.
Del Taco Epic Cali Bacon Burrito
Skip this monster roll-up and order the lighter Original Chicken Roller, which boasts just 250 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 14 grams of muscle-maintaining protein.
Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Cake Muffin
Coffee is a wonderful metabolism booster, especially when paired with a high-protein breakfast. Unfortunately, this java-flavored muffin won't help rev your fat-burning furnace or help you banish the muffin top.
Tim Hortons Farmer's Breakfast Grilled Wrap
If you turn to this wrap first thing in the morning, you'll be eating 50 percent the recommended max of saturated fat and 50 percent the recommended daily max of sodium, in just one meal.
Sbarro Roman Meat Primo Pizza
Along with all that sodium, you're eating as many carbs as two medium-sized bagels!
Baskin Robbins Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Sundae
Here, three scoops of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream are layered with hot fudge, cookie dough pieces, caramel, and whipped cream. Talk about an overload!
Wienerschnitzel Thousand Island Chili Cheese Fries, Large
This hefty finger food will add over a thousand calories to your plate—before even pairing it with anything else you may order. Between the calories, fat, and sodium count, you're going to want to make sure you're splitting these fries if you order them with plenty of friends.
Au Bon Pain Power Protein Wrap
In this wrap, you're feasting on two eggs, turkey sausage, cheddar, avocado, spinach, tomatoes, and an herb aoili, all in a flour tortilla. It's rather high in calories and sodium, as is always a risk with indulging in a wrap.
Panera Bread Kitchen Sink Cookie
The kitchen sink cookie may be the ultimate chocolate-laced, caramel-swirled sweet-tooth-satisfier, but is it really worth two day's worth of saturated fat?
Quiznos Veggie Guacamole
Veggies and guacamole are some of our go-to sandwich stuffers thanks to their high healthy fat and fiber contents. However, this footlong is living proof that too much of a good thing can be pretty bad—especially when it means you'll be consuming this mega-high-in-calorie sub.
Burger King Chocolate Oreo Shake
With an insane 780 calories and 98 grams of sugar in this shake, you'll salvage your waistline by passing on this one.
McDonald's McFlurry With M&M's
If you're really craving something cold and sweet, opt for the snack size that is more than two calories less than the regular size.
Sonic Oreo Peanut Butter Shake
The fact that this one shake will cost you more than 1,700 calories and 1,000 milligrams of sodium, and has 111 grams of sugar—there is just nothing redeeming here.
Popeyes Cajun Fries
This seasoned side racks up as many calories as a guilt-ridden cheat meal. Skip the cajun fries and pair your popcorn shrimp with a light side, like the green beans or coleslaw.
Jack in the Box Oreo Cookie With Whipped Topping Shake
This super-sized sip is jam-packed with 10-and-a-half times the sugar as Krispy Kreme's Original Glazed Donut. That scary comparison should be enough to deter you from pairing your burger with this shake.
Cinnabon Signature Cinnamon Roll Chillatta
This shake is essentially a cinnamon bun pulverized into sweet, sippable calories. In other words, salvage your hard-earned beach bod by skipping this sip.
Zaxby's Buffalo Traditional Wings & Things
Coming in hard with two sources of refined carbs—crinkle fries and Texas toast—and two types of fat-packed sauces, there's no reason you shouldn't avoid the things and wings on this jam-packed plate.
Del Taco Queso Loaded Nachos, Beef
Skip these super-loaded nachos at Del Taco and opt for their Grilled Chicken Taco, which comes packed with 12 grams of protein for just 210 calories.
Dunkin' Donuts Sausage, Egg & Cheese Croissant
Rather than starting your a.m. by stopping by DD and picking up this sausage, egg, and cheese breakfast as is, opt for swapping the buttery croissant for an English muffin to save you calories.
Baskin Robbins Classic Banana Split
Baskin Robbins piles a boatload of ice cream and your favorite toppings in addition to almonds, whipped cream, and maraschino cherries over two banana slices. If you're not sharing this traditional treat with at least four friends, skip it altogether.
Au Bon Pain Brownie Bites
Going for a sweet treat that seems smaller in scale isn't exactly the best move like you would think, as it's very easy to keep munching and eat these all in one sitting. And knowing that this pack has as much sugar as two cans of soda is reason enough to not even give yourself that temptation.
Arby's Jamocha Shake
At Arby's, the flavors of chocolate and coffee come together for the famous Jamocha Shake. Sure, it's a delicious combination, but take a few sips and leave it alone. Why you ask, as it's easy to drink it all? Well, coming in at more than 1,000 calories and nearly 150 grams of sugar, you'll want to keep away from this guy.
Auntie Anne's Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Nuggets
The sugar and carbs you'll get from eating this patch of pretzels just isn't worth it. If you're craving a bite, just eat a few and share these with someone!
Wienerschnitzel Oreo Cookie Chocolate Shake
This shake made packs more than 100 grams of sugar, for something you're supposed to sip on while you eat a meal. No thanks!
Sbarro Chicken Parmigiana With Baked Ziti
Chicken parm isn't the optimal lunch choice when you're trying to get lean for swimsuit season. However, this 1,280-calorie bad boy from Sbarro is an absolute no-go during any time of year.
Starbucks Double Chocolate Chunk Brownie
Thinking of adding on an item from Starbucks' bakery to go with your drink? Well, make sure you skip over the brownie option, as it's an additional 480 calories and 37 grams of sugar. And if you're sipping on a frappuccino, then you're in for a true sugar rush. Yikes.
Panera Bread Mac and Cheese in Bread Bowl
As if all the refined carbs in the macaroni weren't enough to deem this dish a waistline foe, Panera had to nestle the cheesy noodles in a giant edible bowl made out of bread. If you're looking to eat healthy at Panera, you won't want to miss our report: Panera's menu—ranked!
Shake Shack Cookies and Cream Shake
If you wouldn't throw 17 Oreos into the blender, why would you sip on this hefty milkshake that packs in the sugar equivalent?
Smashburger Double Bacon Smash Burger
Anytime bacon is added to a burger, it's going to ramp up the sodium count, that is for sure. And this burger is no exception.
Cold Stone Creamery Reese's Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream Shake
Peanut butter and chocolate are forever a delicious pairing but in this shake, they create a dangerous combination. This shake is simply high in everything, and honestly, you're much better off just eating one Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.
Wendy's Pretzel Bacon Pub Triple Cheeseburger
This burger is a newer addition to the Wendy's menu, and it's already making a mark. For all the wrong reasons, that is! It's made up of three Wendy's' patties that are covered in warm beer cheese sauce, Applewood smoked bacon, smoky honey mustard, crispy fried onions, pickles, and a slice of muenster cheese, all on a soft pretzel bun. This all makes for a burger that has the most amount of calories out of all the burgers on the Wendy's menu.
Papa Murphy's 5-Meat Stuffed Pizza
Unless you're sharing with a large, ravenous crowd, odds you'll indulge in only one slice of pizza are very low. That being said, a mere slice of Papa Murphy's meaty pie packs in almost 500 calories and an absurd amount of fat and sodium thanks to the double layer of crust stuffed with red sauce, whole-milk mozzarella, two types of bacon, pepperoni, sausage, crispy bacon, ground beef, and cheddar. Now that's a (literal and figurative) mouthful.
Blimpie Blimp Large Sandwich
The Blimp sub at Subway's competitor is a giant mashup of turkey, roast beef, prosciuttini, salami, pepperoni, provolone, sweet peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onion, mayo, vinegar, oil, and oregano. While we're all for many of the fresh ingredients this sub features, the meats are way too saturated in sodium for this meal to be considered remotely acceptable.
Hungry Howie's Turkey Club
Turkey subs are often thought to be the most nutritious options at sandwich shops, but that's not the case here. Hungry Howie's sandwich has the sodium equivalent of 166 potato chips. Yikes!
Sonic Chili Cheese Tots
The concept of adding chili and cheese to potatoes might be oh so delicious, but these tots from Sonic will have you thinking twice about this combination. A large order comes in at nearly 1,000 calories and has more sodium than The American Heart Association recommends you consume in an entire day.
Papa Murphy's Classic Cheesy Bread
Cheesy bread sounds like it would be a pre-meal app, but with 1,760 calories, this loaf seems more like an atrocious dietary disaster. With over 250 grams of carbs, we're giving this pick a hard pass.
Krispy Kreme Apple Fritter
Everyone can use a sweet little pick-me-up from time to time, but there are way better choices than Krispy Kreme's apple fritter. While the glazed treat is baked with real apples and cinnamon, that's still no excuse to consume a day's worth of added sugars in one sitting.
Cold Stone Creamery Cake Batter Shake
Cake Batter might bring on a nostalgic feeling, but this oh so sweet shake delivers over five days' worth of sugar. Big yikes!
Captain D's Family Seafood Feast
The farther you glaze down the nutritional panel of this seafood feast, the more frightening it gets. Almost 4,000 calories, this mix of batter-dipped fish, twelve crispy butterfly shrimp, three seafood-stuffed crab shells, and twelve hush puppies packs in an astonishing 16 grams of trans fat and over three days' worth of heart-taxing sodium.
White Castle Mozzarella Cheese Sticks
White Castle's "sack" size strikes again. These mozzarella cheese sticks are just downright scary, as they're high in everything they shouldn't be, and low where they should be, like fiber. While this menu option is clearly meant to be shared, we all know how easy it is to get carried away and mindlessly eat these small sticks. It's better to resist temptation completely and just not order this side.
If you're opting for fried shrimp with hushpuppies and two sides, the last thing you should do is order 15 pieces of the crustacean!
Jersey Mike's #44 Buffalo Chicken Cheesesteak
A cheesesteak is never a sound option, but drenching it with blue cheese just bumps up the already sky-high fat content.
El Pollo Loco California Queso Burrito
You'll end up munching on nearly 1,000 calories, and this without any side dishes or even a drink.
Jason's Deli Chicken Alfredo
Made with heavy cream and a generous helping of cheese, we're not surprised this dish contains more fat than seven servings of cheddar cheese.
Jersey Mike's #43 Chipotle Cheese Steak with Mayonnaise
This sandwich is packing when it comes to sodium. And for those who already have high blood pressure, the AHA suggests consuming no more than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.
Pei Wei Chicken Pad Thai
This Thai-inspired bowl packs in a bloat-inducing amount of sodium and sugar to top it off.
Chick-fil-A Strawberry Milkshake
Adding on a shake to your Chick-fil-A meal might seem harmless, but the amount of sugar is just out of control.
Dairy Queen Honey BBQ Glazed Chicken Strip Basket, 6 pieces
Picking the worst dish at DQ was pretty tough. Though a nearly 1,000 calorie burger is borderline unethical, that's nothing compared to the chain's six-piece Chicken Strip Basket. Skip it at all costs.
Jason's Deli Plain Jane Potato
Jason's Deli's baked potato meal is nothing but plain. Clocking in at more than 1,800 calories, this baked potato is loaded with cheddar, sour cream, butter, bacon, and green onions for a truly frightening feast.
Blimpie Large VegiMax
This sandwich features a veggie patty topped with provolone, tomatoes, lettuce and a creamy Italian dressing. Sounds harmless, right? Well, the calories, fat, sodium, and carbs say otherwise.
Hungry Howie's Bacon Cheddar Burger Pizza
Each slice of this pie is topped with ground beef, bacon, cheddar, and mozzarella, which yes, is just a lot going on for a pizza pie. You eat a few of these slices and you not only won't be too great after, but it'll undo any calories you did burn during the day.
Caribou Coffee Cookies & Cream Coffeeless Coolers
Over a thousand calories? Check. Over a day's worth of saturated fat? You got it. And about three days' worth of added sugar? Yup. This cookie-filled cooler is no way to start the day.
Bruegger's Bagels Classic Wrap With Bacon
Don't be fooled by the thin tortilla—this lunch option is no waistline-slimming pick. Go for the Skinny Zesty Egg White, which features egg whites, turkey sausage, Swiss cheese, and sun-dried tomato spread on a skinny everything bagel.
Arby's Beef 'N Cheddar
The fact that you can still place an order at a fast-food restaurant and meet your daily recommended limit of heart-disease-promoting trans fat shocks us. And the sodium here is just high, blowing right through the recommended daily allowance. If you're watching your sodium intake, don't be afraid to eat out at restaurants. There are still many low-sodium fast food orders.
Hardee's Double Western Bacon Cheeseburger
Two patties are loaded up with two slices of cheese, two onion rings, all smothered in a tangy BBQ sauce. It's no wonder this burger is more than 1,000 calories!
A&W Polar Swirl, M&M
At A&W, the Polar Swirl is a staple, but the M&M flavor that comes in a ridiculously large 2o ounce size is the one to avoid.
Quiznos Ultimate Turkey Club, 12-Inch
In addition to piling on the sliced turkey, Quiznos adds a few slices of bacon, cheddar, and a dollop of fatty mayo to the mix. If you're in the mood for a lunch that doesn't require utensils, go for the good-for-you options in 13 Healthiest Fast Food Burgers, Recommended By Nutritionists.